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Space: 1999 (TV Series 1975–1977) Poster

(1975–1977)

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According to the documentary "Kubrick's Boxes", Stanley Kubrick threatened legal action against the producers saying Space: 1999 borrowed the look of "2001: A Space Odyssey".
Barry Morse decided to leave the series after Season 1 had ended. An explanation of his absence was written into the first episode of Season 2, "The Metamorph", but never made it to the finished episode. Dialog was to indicate he had been in a faulty spacesuit.
Many of the male guest stars in the series went on to play villains in the Star Wars films. These include Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, David Prowse, Richard LeParmentier, Michael Culver', Julian Glover', and Michael Sheard. Shane Rimmer, who appeared in several episodes of Space: 1999 went on to play an uncredited role in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), and Brian Blessed, who played two different roles on Space: 1999, went on to perform in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) as the CGI character Boss Nass.
Originally conceived as a new season of UFO (1970). The plot would have had the aliens from that series trying to destroy SHADO's moonbase by knocking the moon out of orbit.
At the time, this was the most expensive series ever produced for British TV or for syndication.
A third season of 13 episodes was planned, with production set to start in the autumn of 1977, however low sales of the series in America forced a last-minute cancellation.
Robert Culp and Katharine Ross were Sylvia Anderson's choices for the leads.
The Moon is blasted from Earth's orbit on Monday September 13 1999.
In Britain, the second season was broadcast over the course of two years, with part shown in the autumn/winter of 1976-77, then a season break until August 1977, with new episodes running into the autumn. The first ITV region to finish the series was LWT (London) which broadcast the final episode ("The Dorcons") in November 1977. Some ITV regions did not conclude the series until 1978, and one region (HTV Wales) did not show the final episodes until 1984.
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Moonbase Alpha's final fate was revealed in a short fan-made film shown at the 1999 convention, where original cast member Zienia Merton reprised her role as Sandra Benes and described the final abandonment of Moonbase Alpha for their new home on an unnamed planet.
Season 2 of the series differs noticeably from the first, due to a large number of cast changes as well as set redecoration, redesigned uniforms, and a move towards more action-oriented stories.
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Though only seen briefly in a flashback in the episode "Devil's Planet", Dr. Helena Russell (Barbara Bain) is the only character to appear in all 48 episodes of the show.
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Special effects supervisor Brian Johnson was asked to helm the effects for Star Wars, but his involvement with this series took priority. He was subsequently involved with The Empire Strikes Back.
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Maya's makeup undergoes a subtle change as Season 2 goes on. Initially, she has brown ears as large "sideburns." In later episodes, her ears are normal colored, and her sideburns are thinned out.
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Several special effects sequences from the series were used by the pop band A Flock Of Seagulls in 1982 for their video of Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You).
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Teresa Graves was Fred Freiberger's first choice for the role of Maya. Gerry Anderson said his first choice was Catherine Schell who had already made a guest appearance in the first season episode "Guardian of Piri" as an alien android.
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Production of the series began in 1973, but the first episode wasn't broadcast until 1975.
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All of the Italian male guest stars of the first season were dubbed by Robert Rietty.
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The date that the Moon blasts away from the Earth (13 September) is the birth date of lead actress Barbara Bain (the only cast member to appear in all 48 episodes)
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Celebrated fashion designer Rudi Gernreich came on board the project as creator of what were credited as the "moon city costumes" since he was a friend of Barbara Bain.
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Power Records adapted five episodes from the first season as audio dramas for children in the mid-70s ("Breakaway," "Death's Other Dominion," "Mission of the Darians," "Dragon's Domain," and "End of Eternity"). The first three were released on a single LP. The latter two were released on a second LP that also featured two original stories, "Return to the Beginning" (featuring the Alphans returning to Earth but during Biblical times and meeting Noah, a decidedly uncharacteristic story for the series) and "It Played So Softly on the Ear" (in which a strange musical signal lures the Alphans into investigating it). Both "Breakaway" and "Return to the Beginning" were released separately as book-and-record sets complete with comic book art - the "Breakaway" art was later adapted for the 2012 graphic novel SPACE 1999: AFTERSHOCK AND AWE. Interestingly, the audio stories, which ran anywhere from 10-15 minutes each, often compressed the plots significantly and did away with some plot points altogether (Simmonds appears only briefly in Power's version of "Breakaway," for example). They also at times added content to lighten the mood for their young audiences - the audio version of "End of Eternity," for instance, ends with a comical scene that does nothing to diminish the horror of the main plot, and the televised version feels somehow incomplete without it.
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Martin Landau and Barbara Bain were married in real life from 1957-1993 and had two children, both daughters.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The number of days since the original explosion ranges wildly between 300 and 3000+ in Helena's opening logs throughout the series. If we use Maya's joining the crew as a marker, Helena has said that their journey is in to the thousands of days before we ever meet Maya. However, after Maya's arrival, her logs continue to bounce from anywhere between 300 and 3000+ days.
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